DIXON – The Dixon girls golf team had four players shoot in the 40s to pick up a 186-209 win over Sterling in a nonconference dual Thursday at Timber Creek.
The Sterling boys, meanwhile, scored a 181-204 win over the Dukes.
Dixon’s Bella Heintzelman and Sterling’s Maddie Pink shared medalist honors, each shooting a 44.
Starting their rounds on No. 3, the two matched each other shot-for-shot through their first four holes and were 3-over par before Heintzelman pulled ahead with a par on the 462-yard par-5 seventh, while Pinks carded a bogey.
But Pink pulled even one hole later, the 403-yard par-5 eighth, when she knocked in a par and Heintzelman bogeyed.
On the ninth, a 320-yard par-4, Pink ended up in a sand trap before finding the fairway with her second shot. Meanwhile, Heintzelman pushed a shot to the right and wound up through some trees separating that hole from the driving range, then landed her next shot in sand.
Pink double-bogeyed that hole; Heintzelman triple-bogeyed it. But Pink’s lead lasted only one hole.
Playing No. 1, a 309-yard par-4, Heintzelman hit a tree with her second shot, sending it nearly sideways across the fairway, but got her third shot onto the green and saved par. Pink reached the green in regulation, but trouble with the putter led to a bogey.
Both bogeyed the par-3 second to finish tied.
“I was really happy about my drives, because that’s where I’ve been struggling the most, but chipping and putting kind of let me down,” Pink said. “I had a few three-putts, a few bad chips that just weren’t good. Just definitely hit the range more, a few hours for chipping and putting is going to help.”
Dixon also got a 46 from Katie Drew, a 47 from Olivia Rick and a 49 from Nina Baratta.
“I’m not too happy with [my round], but my team pulled out the win, so I’m happy with that,” Heintzelman said. “I’ve been struggling lately. I had some good shots, but I only had three pars.”
Heintzelman said she feels her struggles are mental. She recently committed to play golf at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is hitting the ball well, bu she’s just not scoring.
“I’ve been going through some swing changes, which doesn’t help, and I just can’t putt,” she said.
Sterling got a 50 from Caroline Mobarek, a 57 from Olivia Schwingle and a 58 from Libbi Kendrick.
A pair of Golden Warriors shared medalist honors in the boys dual, as Nate Ottens and Carter Schlegel both carded a 43.
Ottens used a solid drive to score a par on the 348-yard par-4 fourth.
“There were carts ahead of us, and my coach wanted me to [aim] between the two carts, but he wanted me to wait,” Ottens said. “After a while, I ended up teeing off anyway, and I put it right where he said to put it, about 320 yards. I chipped onto the green, had a little 4-foot slider, barely missed that, but tapped it in for par.”
Ottens had the hot putter on the day, needing only 11 putts to get through the nine-hole round.
Schlegel, meanwhile, started his day on No. 9 with a bogey. After another bogey on No. 1, he parred the next two holes.
“It sounds weird, but it’s probably my worst 43 of the year,” he said. “I was hitting the green, but it would bounce over. But 43 is near my average, so I’m not really complaining.”
Sterling also got a 47 from Carter Morris and a 48 from Dale Guerrieri.
The Dukes were led by a 45 from Steven Kitzman, whose round featured birdies on the 382-yard par-4 third hole and the 159-yard par-3 fifth. His tee shot on No. 5 landed within 8 feet of the pin, leaving him with an easy tap-in.
“I usually hit a 7-iron, but I was thinking I was hitting my irons pretty good so I went with an 8-iron,” he said. “It just rolled right up next to the pin.”
But Kitzman struggled on the last three holes, shooting 6-over par in that stretch.
Dixon also got a 51 from Sage Magnafici, and 54s from Grant Jacobs and Dylan Shroyer.